“You don’t need a weatherman, To know which way the wind blows”

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger

449px-Bob_Dylan_-_Azkena_Rock_Festival_2010_1When 1965 dawned I was about to be twenty one years old and in my Junior Year in college. My parents were dead years past and I lived in a furnished room off campus, supporting myself by working 35 hours per week in a liquor store. The Viet Nam War was heating up and the civil rights of Black people, then called “negroes”, was the big issue of the day thanks to the inspired leadership of Martin Luther King. My parents had been Leftists in both words and deeds, which of course influenced my political leanings, because I loved and admired them greatly. JFK had been the great hope for a country recovering from the conformity of the 50’s, but he was murdered. Yet working and going to school full time, dating and hanging out with friends, gave me little time for political activity. The year before I had attended the organizing meeting for Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) on my college campus, but while I found the ideas stimulating, the organizer from national SDS seemed to be quite full of himself and an ass to boot. My economics professor had discussed Viet Nam disparagingly and predicted a costly war being pursued because of mineral rights off the coast of that country. His foreboding about the War proved to be correct. People peacefully demonstrating for an end to “Jim Crow” were being beaten and being murdered. The seamy underpinnings of our “exceptional” society were being exposed and the hypocrisy of it all was running rampant

Musically, the Beatles had pushed Folk Music somewhat to the side, yet there was still great popularity for it among the “intelligentsia”, or those who thought themselves “intellectuals”. The “enfant terrible” of folk music was of course young Bob Dylan, who scandalized the “folkies” when he moved to electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in Forest Hills Stadium. He released a song that year becoming his first single record to hit the “Top Forty” charts. I think this song ranks among his most prescient works and that I’ve used part of it to title this piece. The song was listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 332nd “Greatest Song of All Time”, but in my life it has had much greater influence. I was a young adult orphan, without the guidance and love of my parents, living in a world of ever-increasing complexity. Many of my generation, myself included, turned to popular music for guidance. The Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” not only offered guidance for navigating this ever stranger land that America was becoming, but also predicted many of the “changes” to this country that we discuss here on this blog and to my mind achieves greatness because of Dylan’s foresight. Let me explain.

“Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tiptoes
Don’t tie no bows
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows”

JFK’s murder was a game changer as far as many young people in America were concerned. Those like Bob Dylan and me, who had grown up in the stultifying, conformist 50’s, had already begun to look for an alternative to the “go along, to get along” nature of American Society. For Dylan and for me, our influences were the so-called “Beat Generation. The “beat” idea was that one needed to experience life in all its ways to break through the straitjacket of American conformity, which planned out our lives as we climbed the ladder of success towards a home in the suburbs, a perky wife and two kids. Exemplifying the “beat” idea was the writer Jack Kerouac and poet Allen Ginsberg. They fell under the siren spell of the “open road” and experiencing the real America. They smoked pot and they used legal Benzedrine inhalers to get high. Some like writer William S. Burroughs went further and explored heroin. Much of the doings of the “Beats” and those who followed, were viewed dimly by Authority as challenging the status quo. The possibility of arrest and prosecution hung darkly over all the experiments in free living. Above Dylan references that threat and contemporaneously references the dawning psychedelic age where we would see a noted Harvard Psychology Professor, Timothy Leary, persecuted for his advocacy and distribution of LSD. Dylan saw the winds of change blowing as “Society” fought back against the outrage of behavior that did not conform to its norms. As with most non-conformity, the police powers of the State would be used to stop and discourage this refusal to conform.

The issue though was much greater than a small portion of the population using “drugs” to get a different insight on the world and to allow themselves sybaritic pleasure not conforming to public morals, or standards. We were at the onset of our country becoming an empire. A “freedom-loving” empire which was purportedly locked into a life and death struggle with an empire that represented all that was evil in the world. What is really being said is that the public presentation of the American worldview was akin to that of a TV weatherman, who pronouncements may be quite false. Our public policy propaganda, used to contain conformity of thought, was easily seen through and so you didn’t need Walter Cronkite to tell you the Viet Nam War was a sham.

Now almost 50 years later we also don’t need a weatherman to tell us how wealth has been winning the battle to shape our country to their interests and to make most of us serfs, living primarily to cater to their needs. Back then though, the phrase was a confirmation for me to trust little of what society was trying to sell me in terms of my life and to experiment with an alternative reality that could possibly give me better insight to what was really going on in life and in the world.

We also see in the words above the beginning of recognition of the “SWAT Team” police authority that exists today. However, while today’s police work has strayed further and further from its Constitutional underpinnings, the bald truth is that in various parts of our country this has always been true. Watch any old western that shows a Marshal cleaning up a town, like “My Darling Clementine,” “Dodge City” and the Academy Award winning “High Noon”, the see the mythology of policing that has been sold to us in this country and it certainly isn’t one that conforms to our Constitution. As this blog posts story after story of police abuses in the name of “law and order” “Look out kid, Don’t matter what you did, Walk on your tiptoes” is certainly sage advice for all of us, most especially those of color, different sexual preference and/or a non-conformist bent.

“Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A.”

“Maggie” has always been Bob Dylan’s pseudonym for America. He used it in his song “Maggies’ Farm” as well. Above he references a darker America than we were led to believe it is, the black soot representing the darker side of this country. “Watergate” was to erupt 7 years later and gave us insight into what goes on behind the government’s closed doors. The “Church Committee’s” investigation of CIA’s operations showed the rampant lawlessness that that Agency has always operated under. “The Iran Contra Scandal” in the 80’s showed us even more. Today thanks to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden we see a government program under no one’s control but their own, recording every movement of the lives of all Americans.

In 1965 when Dylan wrote this song all we had were suspicions that the government was overstepping its Constitutional authority using “security” and “intelligence-gathering” as the justifying code words. Then too in 1965 there was no “War on Drugs” and no DEA. That waited for Reagan to not only institutionalize it but to help provide new legislation that expanded the “tools of the trade”. RICO was passed in a climate that was only slightly less fear-mongering than 9/11 leading to the passage of “The Patriot Act.” There were of course others, who had predicted the rise of today’s almost police state, but Dylan did it with mass appeal and one could say elegantly in its brevity.

My parents, Leftists though they were, also were children of immigrants from large families that had sought out the “American Dream” and had found a life so much better than that in Europe’s’ “Pale of Settlements.”  Despite what they saw as wrong with America they loved this country and passed down that love of country to me and my brother. Because of that passed down love and the social studies/civics courses I took in school, there was a major part of me that didn’t want to believe what my brain told me was the real nature of what was going on in this country. Though I had watched the Army/McCarthy hearings, was a regular Edward R. Murrow viewer and I.F. Stone reader it wasn’t until JFK’s murder that I fully realized there were bad things happening way beyond the scope of partisan politics. JFK’s death was personal and the joke of the Warren Commission in its’ aftermath was a telling statement that powerful figures were acting behind the scenes and they weren’t benevolent wizards behind a curtain of government secrecy. More than our phones today are “tapped anyway.”

“Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in a trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off”

Back in the 50’s the drugs being mixed in the basement were of the amphetamine variety. The “Benzedrex Nasal Inhalers” we in your local drug stores, sold over the counter. They had to be broken up and combined to get the “medicine” Dylan refers to. However, by 1965 the drug of choice had become LSD, which also had to be mixed together from common chemicals. Today it is crystal meth, whose chemistry has been infamously celebrated in the current show, whose finale is on Sunday, “Breaking Bad.” “The War on Drugs” formalized a long government history of preventing people from “getting high.” While I certainly know the bad affects of addiction, having created an run more than a few addiction programs, I am also sadly too aware of the “anti-drug” movement’s long history, which currently dates back to the 1930’s and the end of prohibition. One prohibition official, Harry J. Anslinger bears most of the responsibility for creating an American War on Drugs. The real vision Anslinger had was that after prohibition would end he would be out of a job and Mr. Anslinger was in his government job for a long time because of his vision. He began the movement to ban marijuana and did so in a way that clearly was marked by racism as a selling point. He later succeeded in getting several studies that objected to the criminalization of users of substance to “get high” and he laid the groundwork for the false premise we hear even today that marijuana is a “gateway” to addiction. When in 1963 I first smoked marijuana it was a mind opening revelation. Alcohol didn’t mellow me out, nor did it leave me free from anxiety. It relaxed my inhibitions somewhat, but it also made me sick and unpleasant. Pot was different and there was a sense of mind expansion, but it was also quite illegal and thus brought on the anxiety of being caught.

It was, however, the after-effect of marijuana smoking that was seen by “the guardians of society” as dangerous. With new perspectives on the world, psychedelics also led one to question the values and motives of those in power. They bred a non-conformist outlook and in that was the real danger. The elite had a war to prosecute and a Corporate Military Intelligence Complex (CMIC) to be fed billions of dollars. The base unit of the enterprise was the young men who would serve as troops. These young men needed to be indoctrinated into the idea of an “Exceptional America” in order to risk their lives in whatever dubious enterprise our wise old men of foreign policy and war dreamed up. Thinking differently about the country and about life was an unacceptable option to their way of thinking and must be quashed. In this they found allies in the religious communities who saw “getting high” as evil. In truth from the perspective of both of these interest groups it was opting out of their “groupthink” which they found dangerous to their bottom lines.

“Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift”

Dylan’s verse above presents a encapsulated version of the life one was expected to live by those who ran the show. This was the “American Dream” in 8 short lines. It was what they were selling you and for most of us they were succeeding in their sales pitch up until the murder of JFK. That, unlike 9/11, changed everything. Suddenly, the processes of power in this country were a soupcon more open. Yes we elect a President, but that President in constrained by powers and forces about which we are only dimly aware. If the Constitution and the chain of command are ignored by those running things, what else is ignored and why should we accept it? This was the question fast reaching many young people’s minds in 1965 and this song was one, among many, that spoke to it.

“Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But loosers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters”

This finally sums up for me where Dylan was coming from in this song. As individuals and as a collective of individuals who don’t want to accept the pablum spooned to us about this country we must be aware. While I knew George H. W. Bush was not to be trusted, I learned not to trust his successor Bill Clinton. While I knew that George W. Bush was not to be trusted I had hopes, now dashed, that Barack Obama would indeed bring change. What I see in American society paralleling Dylan’s verse, is that the entire political system should be distrusted because it has been polluted by the exigencies and wants of wealth. Bob Dylan, like John Lennon started out to become a Rock and Roll star like Elvis. They never really looked for more than that but the art they created was greater than them and it exposed the reality of the world around them. However, the mistake my generation made and indeed that I made myself is that we looked to them for guidance, when all they were really offering was prescience and insight. We must guide ourselves and to that end we must look skeptically on those who would “save” us, or “salve” us. As Bob Dylan said and as I try to follow in my own life:

 “Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters”

Ponder the precise profundity of those two lines.

Submitted By: Mike Spindell, Guest Blogger

Please Note: I tried something different in this guest blog by not quoting the sources I used in its body. Also since I’m 69 years old some of my cultural/historical references might be obscure to a younger reader so I’ve provided links as well. You will find all the links to the sources of this piece below, beginning with a link to the entire lyric of this song.
 

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/subterranean-homesick-blues#ixzz2g6yuR8Ny

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subterranean_Homesick_Blues

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Students_for_a_Democratic_Society

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Ginsberg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Leary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Burroughs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Cronkite

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Committee

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Darling_Clementine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_City_%281939_film%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Noon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSA#Role_in_scientific_research_and_development

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_of_Settlement

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger

http://jonathanturley.org/2012/03/17/a-real-history-of-the-last-sixty-two-years/

http://jonathanturley.org/2013/03/09/swat-is-america-coming-under-martial-law/

60 thoughts on ““You don’t need a weatherman, To know which way the wind blows”

  1. There’s a quote that I read in a book called Zen and the Art of Making a Living (no idea where it is originally from) that’s stuck with me ever since:

    Society is a free individual’s greatest enemy and a free individual is society’s greatest friend

  2. Mike S,

    I know for a fact I like you.

    I trust my instincts as I’m comfortable in my own skin for many years now with the help of some of the greatest mentors anyone could have ask for.

    I believe your comfortable inside now as well.

    We’ve things we wish to do & we realize how fast time passes.

    So I want you to know this should we get separated.

    In the early 70’s on a least a couple of highways on the Kansas Oklahoma border there were a couple of signs I personally seen.

    The 1st sign: Welcome to Oklahoma

    I kid you not, I believe this was the actual lettering!!!

    The 2nd sign: No N*gers on the shoulder after sunset til sunrise.

    By the mid 70’s those signs came down.

    I’m glad.

    I wish I would have at least taken pictures or worst turned criminal & stole them to be presented now to the public today as evidence of the past.

    Maybe there are pictures about?

    Regardless of how so progress may seem to us at times we have progressed!

    Location: Highway 169 & another one over by Welch Oklahoma in case anyone wishes to search for picture.

  3. Oops, a few typos, sorry, there may be more.

    **I wish I would have at least taken pictures or worst turned criminal & stole them to be presented now to the public today as evidence of the past.

    Maybe there are pictures about?

    Regardless of how slow progress may seem to us at times we have progressed!

    Location: Highway 169 & another one over by Welch Oklahoma in case anyone wishes to search for pictures.

    The signs were likely at every border highway crossing in Oklahoma?

  4. thanks for the post Mike. i listened to some Dylan while reading it. some later stuff though. “things have changed”.

    (i didn’t include a link for it though, it’s vevo)

  5. Nice article Mike, it’s good to read an occasional reflection on those times, so that we can then realize how angrily many elements of our society today are storming forward, trampling asunder what life really was centuries ago.

    Life isn’t about power, or money, or vanity. Many people so preoccupy themselves with these three they have long forgotten what it is like without them, and it makes for a very hollow and decaying shell that must be fed constantly. Sadly most don’t realize this until it is too late.

  6. It was, however, the after-effect of marijuana smoking that was seen by “the guardians of society” as dangerous. With new perspectives on the world, psychedelics also led one to question the values and motives of those in power. They bred a non-conformist outlook and in that was the real danger.

    It’s all about control.
    J Edgar Hoover would have slaughtered friends and family to get his hands on what the NSA&co have developed.

  7. What Michael Beaton said.

    The sixties seemed like it was split into two different decades. The earlier years were like an extension of the fifties and “Father Knows Best”…then all hell started to break lose.

  8. For those interested, the video (which I don’t know how to embed) with Bob Dylan and cue cards.

    He spells Parking Meters as “Pawking Metahs”, an obvious misspelling that some claim has hidden meaning. I don’t know what, though. There is another, he spells “manhole” as two words, “Man Whole”.

  9. Mike Spindell:

    ““Don’t follow leaders
    Watch the parkin’ meters””

    Well, it depends on the leader but most people who aspire to power are not to be trusted. So I understand that but I do not understand “watch parkin meters”.

    Pay attention to your time? Dont park near a parkin meter so you dont have to pay the man? I am all for that.

    Dylan was an anarchist who didnt want to pay taxes?

    And all this time I just thought he was another one of the many 60’s non-conformist conformists.

  10. Awesome again Mike Spindell.

    What I see in American society paralleling Dylan’s verse, is that the entire political system should be distrusted because it has been polluted by the exigencies and wants of wealth.

    Diane Feinstein a long time Dem leader, representing (supposedly) the rights of people over corporations, IMHO is the Real Manchurian Candidate.
    Since Reagan and his shiny city on the hill, gave permission and promoted Corporate Monied interests to take over Congress, We in the middle class have been sliding lower down the hill side, ( and or the hill has been rising. ) It is shiny on top of that hill.
    The poor have been moved into deep dark valleys, unseen, unrecognized, unrepresented. The areas vacated by the poor of the 1980s and 90s are becoming occupied by the quintile above them, etc. This is the New Domino theory of the CMIC 0.1%ers. A perverted twisted draining of wealth from the commons. Money flows up the hill to the increasingly fortified castles.
    The new 21st century Lords & Royalty trickle down out there battlements and slicken the slopes leading to their Aeries..
    ….. Back to Feinstein. Diane the Plutocrat, is the symbol of the emerging ownership of Government by the rich. She has much to protect.
    Under the guise of, protecting our constitution, freedom, the “american way”, the patriot act, and its further continuing evil spawn is designed to protect the rich.
    NSA authority above the law, Wall st dealings above the law, Police powers above the law, FBI intimidating legal dissent above the law, Corporate Imperialism above the law. (and a few more).
    These new and still emerging twisted authorities are designed to control the commons. Controlling the commons protects the rich.
    The shiny castles on the hill are made out of Shinola. We the American commons are blinded by the sight, and addled by the divisions promoted in the MSM corporate press.

  11. Not long ago there was an article on the blog about the legislation in Congress to define what a “journalist” is and only give a designated journalist First Amendment protection. My comment was that you don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Or maybe it was itchinBayDog who said that. We dogs on blogs are journalists by trade in the off hours and guide dogs during the working hours.

  12. Excellent Mike… One of your best…

    Elaine… There are those of us that benefited from the all hell breaking loose…. Well…in the revolution…. I subscribed to CSN…. Love the one you’re with…. And graham Nash….. tree top flyer…..

  13. I know which way the wind blows in the Windy City aka Chicago and its suburb known as Park Forest. The igPays murdered a 95 year old WWII veteran in his own room at his nursing home because he was refusing some treatment. When the story first broke two months ago the cops said he was armed with a 12 inch shoehorn. Four days ago the Huffington Post has it that he was armed with a 12 inch knife. They shot him first with an electrocution device which they call a taser. Then they shot him with a 12 gauge shotgun with so called bean bag shells in the stomach three times. He died soon thereafter. I guess he got treatment.

    The Windy City is lame for not reporting this on a regular basis and pressuring the Prosecutor, the Grand Jury and now Eric Holder to prosecute the killers. The newspapers are lame and the citizens are lame for not demanding this.

    If your grandpa is in a nursing home in Chicago then go get him and bring him out to safer environs. Maybe Peoria.

    Thus far, Chicago is proving itself to be a Pirate Territory. Fly over and flush. Watch out for the wind. Don’t watch the weather on television there.
    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.

  14. “So I understand that but I do not understand “watch parkin meters.”

    Bron,

    Think about it. Parking meters can be seen as trivial violations of law. Yet these trivial violations can be added up and used against you. The point is to keep a low profile when it comes to the authorities in terms of giving them ammunition against you, or if they need to because of your “seditious” (non-conformist) viewpoint, they can take you down for trivial reasons. Further, one could extend that as a metaphor for the hubris of some people that think they can flaunt their defiance in the face of authority without consequence. I express many non-conformist and radical views here, yet I live my life paying my parking tickets, etc. If the “thought police” come for me it will be baldly on the basis of my freedom of speech and not because of something like a DUI. If the time comes that someone comes after me for what I’ve written, then their prosecution will be an admission of their mission, exposing them for what they are. I watch my metaphorical “parkin meters”.

  15. Mike Spindell:

    That makes sense, thank you.

    “yet I live my life paying my parking tickets”

    the large majority of us do just that.

    I love your radical side!

  16. One very small point: the classic film High Noon–to me at least–is not so much about the lawman cleaning up the town as it is about physical and moral courage in the face of impending danger. The hero is abandoned by everyone, including his new bride, but chooses to stand and fight rather than cut and run. The film illustrates how people rationalize their own cowardice and let evil run rampant: an important message for our times.

  17. Mike: Without anybody explaining it to me, I took “parking meters” in that song as a metaphor for government being “everywhere” and (literally) nickel-and-diming us in fees and taxes to do the most routine, innocent and necessary things, like park on the street, when you have no plausible choice to do anything else. Not exactly a Big Brother surveillance idea, but similar in the sense of invasive micro-control of our lives.

  18. “The film illustrates how people rationalize their own cowardice and let evil run rampant: an important message for our times.”

    RW Nye,

    You are correct. I stretched the point a little just to mention it because it is one of my favorite westerns and also for another reason. I saw “High Noon” at the movies when I was seven. It is a great film and it has played an important part in how I’ve lived my life. I was a fearful boy at the time I saw the film and with my juvenile mentality at that time I took its lessons for my own personal morality. While fearful at times, I’ve faced that fear with courage throughout my life and have stood up to bullies and bullying. I’ve done it without expectation of support, again via the moral compass of the film, often surrounded by opprobrium.

  19. The song was listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 332nd “Greatest Song of All Time”, but in my life it has had much greater influence.

    Another song about Maggie (demise of empire):

    “Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan’s scornful, ironic ode to a spoiled woman’s reversal of fortune, has been designated the greatest rock’n’roll song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

    The six-minute opening track from his landmark 1965 album “Highway 61 Revisited” broke the barrier of the three-minute hit single and established Dylan as a mainstream pop artist, marking his transformation from folk troubadour to rock sensation.

  20. ” most quoted song lyric in judicial opinions”
    Judges trying to be hip. So sad/worrying.
    Unless……. only a handful of opinions quote song lyrics.

  21. If you want something big to go over big, then via propaganda you have to kick in the bread and circuses (“put some bleachers out in the sun, And have it on Highway 61″):

    Now the rovin’ gambler he was very bored
    He was tryin’ to create a next world war
    He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
    He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
    But yes I think it can be very easily done
    We’ll just put some bleachers out in the sun
    And have it on Highway 61

    (War is the Highway 61 of the 1%).

  22. nick spinelli 1, September 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I thought “God Damn the pusher man” was the most quoted by judges,
    ============================
    That is why we hang here.

    To learn reality:

    Robert Siegel talks to Alex Long, University of Tennessee law professor who contends that Bob Dylan’s song lyrics are used more than any other writer’s in court opinions and briefs. He chronicles the artist’s influence on today’s legal community. From U.S. Supreme Court rulings to law school courses, Dylan’s words are used to convey messages about the law and courts gone astray.

    (NPR). Maggie charges way too much for way too little in the form of reality.

    We give it free because freedom is worth it.

  23. Ken: Watch the video with Dylan himself showing his cue cards (apparently to himself singing): It says “No Dose”, so “don’t try No Dose,” a double negative meaning do try some dose of something.

  24. Great job Mike. I also think keep watching the parking meters can refer to keep an eye on where the money is going to after it hits the government coffers. Like the Military industrial complex and corporate welfare..

  25. The end of the line….
    It’s not often that you see this much talent in one railroad caboose. Roy Orbison’s empty chair is poignant.

  26. Roy Orbison, now there is a talent! But, we’re talking taste so it is by definition subjective. That said, I never allow politics to affect my taste. I despise Roman Polanski, but I will go see his flicks because he is a master filmmaker. Pete Rose is a degenerative gambler, liar who defiled the game of baseball, but a GREAT ballplayer. It has always seemed to me much of the love of Dylan was more political than artistic. However, being libertarian, I have no intent to deny your love of him, merely to give another my take. It is all subjective.

  27. The Vimeo link above is to a Radio Silence aired interview of one who has studied the artistry of Bob Dylan:

    David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named “Editor of the Year” by Advertising Age in 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. He has also served on the New York Public Library’s board of trustees. In 2010 he published his sixth book, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.

    (Wikipedia).

  28. Bob Dylan is a GREAT songwriter. He is a HIDEOUS performer. He should have known his limitations and spared us his horrible voice and had Roy Orbison sing all his superb lyrics.

  29. Another excellent piece Mike S. :)

    It has me wondering what else have I missed from Bob Dylan.

    It also has me wondering, that we have only been expose to mostly western music, art, etc, just imagine the tidal wave of music, art, etc., that will be coming at us soon from Asia, Africa, South America.

    At least 10 to 15 times then we’ve already been exposed to in the West.

    And I hear what you’re saying about laying low attempting to avoid trouble, we’ve all done that & continue to when called for.

    Yet even cornered animals understands when there’s no where to retreat to it’s forced to defend itself.

    One sharp individual pointed out & reminded us that where listening: “There’s some beyond Fear.”

    I feel we’re at that point, stay in the foxhole when possible & attack & defend ourselves when chances of success are the highest.

    Words from former CIA intel officer Ray McGovern come to my mind:

    http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/police-state-repression/8288-yes-i-am-guilty-but-it-s-not-what-you-re-thinking

  30. On some issues we’ll just have to have some luck.

    ** Fukushima Could be 15,000x Worse than Hiroshima with Removal of Fuel Rods

    Christina Sarich
    Prison Planet
    September 28, 2013

    A Yale Professor is compelling the world to wake up from its nuclear slumber and face some cold-hard facts, “All of humanity will be threatened for thousands of years” if the Fukushima Unit 4 pool can’t be kept cool. Your worries about eating cesium-contaminated fish from the Pacific Ocean are grounded in fact, but this is a world-wide disaster of the most epic proportions just waiting to happen. If nothing else, it points to the necessity of nuclear-free power to fuel the planet, but in the meantime, more than 1,535 fuel rods must be meticulously removed from Unit 4, which in all likelihood is crumbling. more… **

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-could-be-15000x-worse-than-hiroshima-with-removal-of-fuel-rods.html

  31. We will likely never have perfect leaders.

    I would consider supporting Jesse & Howard even with their flaws/warts.

    **

    Breaking: Jesse Ventura, Howard Stern Set For 2016 Presidential Run

    Libertarian duo would shake foundation of White House contest

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
    Prison Planet
    September 29, 2013

    Former Governor Jesse Ventura and radio personality Howard Stern are set Wednesday on Stern’s radio show to discuss the serious possibility of a 2016 presidential run. **

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/breaking-jesse-ventura-howard-stern-set-for-2016-presidential-run.html

  32. Oky1 1, September 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Dredd,

    Did you really ever hear a word that Dr Ron Paul said?

    I don’t think so, at least with most people.
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    His name appears first in this thread in your comment.

    I will say that these days when I see “(R-Texas)” after someone’s name it translates (R-Bullshitistan) to me.

    Now that you mention it.

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